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Couple Sues Over 'Iceberg' That Crashed Into Their Bed

The 300-pound chunk fell from an adjoining 10-story building.

March 14, 2004|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — A couple who say they were nearly killed by a 300-pound ice chunk that crashed through their apartment's roof and shattered on their bed have sued the owner of the building next door.

Phillip and Lesley Carter suffered cuts and bruises to their heads and bodies in the Feb. 7 incident, in which the massive mound of ice fell from the neighboring 10-story building.

"They were lucky to get out alive," said the couple's attorney, James Fitzgerald. "When it hit the bed it exploded into many pieces and sliced them up."

The lawsuit names real estate agent Lee Powers, the owner of the neighboring building, and two of her real estate firms as defendants.

The Carters contend in court papers that a leak in a three-story water tower on the roof of the adjoining building caused an "iceberg" of more than 1,000 pounds to form.

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